safe people, safe places, safe tairāwhiti

TAMUERA (SAM) ABERAHAMA (Cook Island/German descent)

Tairāwhiti Area Commander (NZ Police)

I have been in the NZ Police since 1988, serving in South Auckland, Hawkes’ Bay & Tairawhiti. I have an amazing job as the Tairawhiti Police Area Commander and am proud to serve our communities. Police are divided into three core groups; Response, Prevention, Investigations. Staff in each of these areas have specific roles associated with reducing crime, crashes and repeat victimisation, while building trust and confidence with our communities. Our values play a key role in delivering this service, which include Professionalism, Respect, and Integrity, a commitment to Maori and the Treaty, Empathy, valuing Diversity. While our motto is “Safer Communities Together” we must operate in partnership with Iwi, Communities and whanau to get the very best outcomes for everyone. We have an amazing place to live in and whilst we have our share of challenges, I am committed to making Tairawhiti the safest and most prosperous region we want it to be.


I have a wealth of experience in community health and social services in Tairāwhiti over many years. My passion is to uplift the health and wellbeing of the community.

Background in health and community:

  • Early Childhood Education – Play centre Supervisor
  • Tairawhiti District Health – Health Promotion Team
  • Te Runanga o Turanganui A Kiwa – Injury Prevention Service manager
  • Turanga Health – Manager Population Health / Clinical Services
  • Waiapu Anglican Social Services – Manager Eastland/BOP Services to Older People


  • ACC/TDH – Tairawhiti Falls Prevention in the Home
  • Safe Tairawhiti Community Trust – coordinator
  • Volunteer – SuperGrans/Pillars
  • MWWL Turanganui Branch member

ALBERT TIBBLE (Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngati Porou, Ngati Uenuku Kopako)

CAYAD Kaiawhina, Turanga Health

I started with Turanga Health as the CAYAD kaiawhina in 2014.  CAYAD, or Community Action Youth and Drugs is a Ministry of Health funded initiative to address the issue of drugs and alcohol within our communities.  The main challenge we face is how do we change the mindset of a community concerning the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol?  It is certainly a daunting question; but, I believe that rangatahi, if given the opportunity, have the “BIG” ideas to come up with innovative solutions to deal with issue of drugs and alcohol in our community. This year I am training for IronMaori in December.  I completely buzz out when I see other Maori doing what I’m doing, suffering like I’m suffering, but doing it all with a smile on their face and with the support of whanau/family, friends/supporters and strangers encouraging you on to the finish line

GEORGE BROWN (Rongowhakaata)

Workforce Lead, Children’s Team, Ministry of Social Development

My current role is Workforce Lead driving the new Children’s Team Action Plan for the Ministry of Social Development.  My passion is working in the community to support Maori, whanau, and their tamariki.  I believe that Turanganui a Kiwa/Gisborne is such a wonderful becuase the community works hard together for the benefit of everyone living in Tairāwhiti.  I am a sports addict and a passionate armchair All Black, and I love nothing better than spending time play a round of golf, or two!

EMMA BENSON (Ngati Porou)

Community Injury Prevention Consultant, ACC

I have been working in the Injury prevention sector for the past 18 years, and have been in my role as a community injury prevention consultant with ACC for the past 13 years. My role involves working with providers to address falls, road, sport, alcohol and workplace injuries. I really enjoy my role and all of the passionate people that I work in partnership with. The community we live in has a lot of soul, and like my colleagues I am committed to remaining here. Luckily we are surrounded by beautiful beaches – I am a water baby and enjoy stand up paddle boarding, boogie boarding, swimming, snorkelling and pretty much any water sports.


Ngati Porou Runanga


Tairawhiti District Health


Ministry of Social Development


Children’s Team